ISO 45001 – Migration and Integration

ISO 45001 – Migration and Integration

01st May 2018

Over the past few weeks we’ve been bringing you all the information we can find about the New ISO 45001 standard on occupations health and safety management, with details on the differences in requirements to BS OHSAS 18001:2007 which has been withdrawn.  We’ve let our readers know what’s changing, what the new standard means for construction company owners and the key differences between the new standard and the BS OHSAS 18001:2007.  Today, as promised, we’re bringing you some advice on the migration and integration of the new standard.

Whether it’s certificated or not, businesses using the OHSAS 18001 standard will need to migrate to ISO 45001 and there is a three year period for migration which allows organisations enough time to plan for this action.  The best place to start would be to review the International Accreditation Forum guidance document “Requirements for the Migration to ISO 45001 from OHSAS 18001:2007”.

  • Get hold of a copy of the final ISO 45001 and identify any gap in your occupational health and safety management system that will need to be addressed in order to meet the new requirements. 
  • Develop an implementation plan to address the impacts and gaps.
  • Make sure that any new competence needs are met and make sure everybody who may have an impact on the effectiveness of the system is aware of this.
  • Update your existing system to meet new requirements and provide verification of its effectiveness.
  • Where applicable, liaise with the Certification Body for migration arrangements.

Any construction company or organisation that has more than one formal management system will probably find that the best approach is to merge these systems into one system as part of an organisation-wide approach.  The British Standards Institution (BSI) advises that before starting on the integration you should assess your ability to integrate, paying particular attention to the following areas:

  • The political and cultural situation within your organisation
  • The extent to which you should integrate, taking into consideration the business case
  • The legal and regulatory requirements
  • The levels of competency that will be necessary
  • The adequacy of your existing arrangements and the future needs of your business
  • Set clear objectives and aims for the integration project.

To round off this mini-series on ISO 45001, as a business owner, you should weight up the cost of implementation against the benefits.  Integration with other ISO standards can be achieved with ISO 45001, but again you should think carefully about the benefits and disadvantages when it comes to integration.  Migration to ISO 45001 from OHSAS 18001 will need to be carefully planned and additional time and resources set aside in order to achieve this.  You may also find it challenging to ensure that management takes responsibility and accountability, this will entail a well-planned engagement process.

As with any new developments, we’ll be keeping you updated over the coming weeks and months to make sure that you have all the necessary information to make informed decisions about how ISO 45001 is likely to impact your business.  If you want to make sure you don’t miss out, then why not follow us on Facebook or Twitter.